Marc Broussard with special guest Joe Stark (Night 1)
Long hailed as a powerhouse vocalist and king of Bayou Soul, Marc Broussard is altering his iconic recipe of classic soul, R&B, & blues with the help of renowned blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, on his new album S.O.S. 4: Blues For Your Soul. Produced by Bonamassa, who contributes mesmerizing guitar solos on four tracks, alongside longtime collaborator Josh Smith, it is a stunning collection of soul and blues classics plus one Broussard original. S.O.S. 4: Blues for Your Soul is the fourth volume in Broussard's ongoing philanthropic album series, available via Bonamassa's own Keeping the Blues Alive Records.
With the burning teamwork of Broussard-Bonamassa and all the players on the album, each of the twelve tracks speaks to the deepest part of the soul. Whether it's Son House's "Empire State Express," Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "Cuttin' In," Bobby Blue Bland's "I've Got to Use My Imagination" to Howlin' Wolf's "I Asked for Water" and the sole Broussard original, co-written with Josh Smith and Calvin Turner, "When Will I Let Her Go," S.O.S. 4: Blues for Your Soul is a remarkable achievement and provides a captivating showcase for Broussard's muscular and passionate singing.
Created with an idea for raising funds to help our country's underprivileged youth, S.O.S. 4: Blues For The Soul arrives with a double wallop: great music for a great cause. Thanks to Broussard's generosity, a significant portion of proceeds from this Save Our Soul album will be donated to Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation to support youth rehabilitation through music. This includes a partnership with Guitars Over Guns, a Miami-based nonprofit that offers students from the most vulnerable communities a powerful combination of music education and mentorship.
The son of Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist Ted Broussard of "The Boogie Kings," Broussard nurtured his musical gifts at an early age in the vibrant Lafayette, Louisiana music scene. After releasing a highly successful independent E.P. at age 20, Broussard made his major-label debut with Carencro. The album featured the breakout hit "Home" and catapulted him into the national spotlight. NPR cited, "His music radiates soulful Louisiana blues, but his songs blend those influences with raucous rock 'n' roll to create unique and infectious music." Washington Times hailed, "Few modern voices are as powerful as Marc Broussard's soulful, Bayou-bred baritone."
Broussard released multiple albums with major labels over the last ten years before returning to his independent roots with several acclaimed original recordings and charitable cover albums via his S.O.S. Foundation (Save our Soul).
A liminal space as described on reddit is the space between the time of “what was” and “what’s next”. It’s a place of transition, waiting, and not knowing.
Well, me... I’ve spent the last 3 years or so in a liminal space.
I have considered myself a musician since I started writing and recording songs at the age of twelve. I’ve had bands with many successes and I have made an honest living as a touring and session guitarist / bassist for some of the best rock-n-rollers around. I’m pretty sure I had what you’d call a good ride.
Then I stopped caring about music. Everything about writing songs and performing seemed frivolous when my wife became ill with breast cancer. The pursuit of art is an inherently selfish plight, and it just felt in bad taste... I am a father of two beautiful children and I try my damnedest to fan their flames in front of mine. It’s a struggle, I admit.
Of course we all endured a pandemic. Honestly, looking back, I am happy it gave me time off to spend with my family. I will always look back on the long days together (+ the afternoon cocktails, baby pools and backyard hangs) fondly. Thank God I had that time with my love and my children.
After my wife passed, I continued my post covid job at an HVAC company in my hometown in south Louisiana while raising my daughters. I was grateful to have work and to be able to provide for my family, but i knew in my heart that the place I was in was a transitional one...
Then music suddenly mattered again. It became important. I felt inspired to write songs about my truths of love and loss... About being in a liminal space... And eventually, about finding love again and moving forward. The writing was my therapy and I was thankful to have that old friend music back in my life.
With the help of my closest friends and family, I have been able to record these songs that have helped me persevere. I hope anyone who listens will join me in a celebration of hope, love & perseverance. I appreciate you.
Thanks for tuning in. I’m still a lucky man.